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25.07. - 26.08.2019. PAULIS LIEPA "Splitting"


Galerija "Māksla XO"

Elizabetes iela 14, Rīga, LV 1010

Blau. 2019, relief print on paper, plywood, 80,9x50cm



“In this case “splitting” is used as a description. Instead of the usual “share”, one more turnaround in the order of common things – splitting into teams, the polarization, the incompatibility of views, drawing the lines and marking the territory. Splitting the room in half and searching for the vanishing point.” Paulis Liepa, 2019.

Paulis Liepa – currently one of the best known Latvian graphic artists with his own bright and recognizable style. Using seemingly neutral and unpretentious units, the artist reflects on philosophical and current events in a wide range, starting from recent war collision points to simple everyday items and topics, which generally is a diary by the artist as a modern human: studio, home, street, Internet, news, advertisement…
The aesthetics of Paulis Liepa’s works have evolved from various influences of the modernist graphic culture of the 20th century, design, architecture and engineering blueprints, especially looking back at the visual aesthetics of the 60’s and 70’s, which the artist uses as his language of expression. In the creation process of artworks, the artist uses the most basic graphic techniques – collography and cardboard cut.

Paulis Liepa (1978) has graduated from the Graphic Department of the Art Academy of (1997-2003). Since 1996, he has organized 14 solo shows in Latvia, Estonia, Denmark and Russia and participated in more than 50 group shows and international projects in Latvia and abroad. Paulis Liepas has received prizes – Grand Prix at the graphic exhibition “Grafika-S” (2014, Latvia), Newspaper “Diena” annual culture award for solo exhibition “Still Life” (2013, Latvia), Statutory Award of “International Print Triennial – Krakow 2012” (2012, Krakow, Poland), Grand Prix of 9th Biennial of Graphics of the Baltic Sea Countries “Kaliningrad – Konigsberg 2008” (2008, Kaliningrad, Russia), Prize for the best music video of 2007 “Esi brīvs” (Pikaso, Gustavo and R-viss) (2008, Latvia), 1st Prize laureate of 8th Triennial of Graphics of the Baltic Sea Countries “Kaliningrad –Konigsberg 2005” (2005, Kaliningrad, Russia).